The new truck, which includes a platform, replaces an older model. The fire department needs a tower truck to reach some of the taller buildings that are now in the city, such as South Lake Hospital, which plans an expansion, and Crane's View Lodge, a five-story assisted living facility.
The new fire engine was dedicated to Assistant Fire Chief April Hoover, who died of cancer October 9, 2008. Her name and date of death are memorialized on the side of the new truck. Her brother, Jason Perrigo, was in attendance.
The ceremony took place at Fire Station No. 3, at 2155 Legends Way in Clermont, across from the National Training Center's athletic fields.
The origin of pushing a fire truck into the station dates back to the time of horse-drawn engines when firefighters had to push the fire pumpers into the station because horses could only pull forward.